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Getting Started

You are about to embark on an exciting journey for your family. Start here to learn why and how to start teaching your children in the privacy of your home.

Trying to Decide?

Thousands of families in California are homeschooling their children. Begin your discovery of homeschooling here.

Homeschooling in California. Is it Legal?

Yes, it is. While each family’s situation will involve a different way to privately home educate, there are a few things that will help every family just starting.

Tips for New Homeschoolers

Congratulations! You’ve started your new adventure with your family. Don’t worry--help and encouragement are at your fingertips.

Homeschool Groups

Generally you will find at least two types of homeschool groups. – the support group and the private school satellite program (PSP) . Homeschool groups can be as varied as homeschoolers are. How do you decide what type of homeschool group is right for you? More >

Recommended Reading

CHEA recommends that you begin your homeschool journey with The California Homeschool Manual: A guide to private home education in California by Susan Beatty and Karen Woodfin Middleton. If you are starting with junior high or high school The High School Handbook by Mary Schofield will be invaluable. Here is a list of other books and materials we recommend. More >


Parents are feeling pressure to begin academic learning at younger ages. Many have come to believe that they will fail their children if they aren’t “ready to learn” by age five. Find some information to help you relax about the preschool years. More >


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